Candice Fox is the middle child of a large, eccentric family from Sydney's western suburbs. The daughter of a prison parole officer and an enthusiastic foster caregiver, she served as an officer in the Royal Australian Navy at age eighteen. At twenty, she turned her hand to academia, and taught high school through two undergraduate and two postgraduate degrees. She currently teaches writing at the University of Notre Dame in Sydney while undertaking a Ph.D. in literary censorship and terrorism. Candice's first novel, Hades, won the Ned Kelly Award for Best Debut Crime Novel, given by the Australian Crime Writers Association. Her second novel, Eden, won the Ned Kelly Award for Best Fiction--making her one of only two authors to win the awards back-to-back.